For months now, there have been so many speculations surrounding former National Hockey League star goalie Patrick Roy, who was involved last with the league when he was head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. Several Montreal Canadiens fans were hoping Roy would be the saviour in the offseason, coming back to the city to take general manager Marc Bergevin’s place and rebuild the Habs to reach the same potential they had when Roy won the Stanley Cup with them back in 1986 and 1993.
However, not so far. While rumors made sense to bring Roy in Montreal - maybe only even just as one of Bergevin’s consultants - it became clear that Roy is a leader and could never sit in the back seat while Bergevin pulled the moves in front. Things became much clearer last week when the QJMHL’s Quebec Remparts announced that head coach and general manager Philippe Boucher was leaving the team.
Roy’s next move was almost revealed then, but on Wednesday afternoon, it was confirmed by many experts of the QJMHL, most notably Mikael Lalancette from TVA Sports. In an interview with Dan Pou of FM93 in Quebec City, Remparts owner Jacques Tanguay confirmed the news, stating that Roy would be taking over both positions, as head coach and general manager. The official announcement is expected to be made tomorrow morning, according to Lalancette once again.
The 52-year-old four-time Stanley Cup champion held both positions with the Remparts between 2005 and 2013. He was then head coach of the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL between 2013 and 2016.
After being seen at QJMHL contests in Drummondville and Boisbriand during the last week, Roy attended the third game of the semifinal between the Titan and the Tigres, Tuesday night, in Victoriaville, along with the governor of the Remparts, Julien Gagnon. Roy declined the request for an interview with Journal de Quebec's Mario Morissette at the Colisee Desjardins, potentially to keep today's news as private as possible.
The Quebec fan base has always been a big fan of Roy and what he has done for the Remparts organization - despite the fact that he was one major rival of the Quebec Nordiques back in the day. The official announcement will reveal more on Roy's role with the team tomorrow.